How to Engrave Names on Rings


Many individuals choose to engrave a special name of a spouse or loved one on the inside of a ring as a way to show their admiration for a significant other. Many new couples choose to have their wedding rings engraved to celebrate their marriage, while others may have rings engraved for an anniversary or other special occasion. No matter what the reason for getting a ring engraved, there are several basic steps you should follow to get rings engraved the right way so that they turn out as best as possible.

  • Choose the ring you would like engraved. This can be a new ring or a ring you or someone else already owns. Wedding bands are usually the most common type of ring to be engraved. If you are buying a new ring to get engraved, ask the jeweler you purchase the ring from for suggestions on which rings are best for engraving.

  • Decide on what name or names you want to be engraved in the ring. This can be the name of the ring's wearer, the names of you and your significant other, initials or even your children's names. Whatever name or names you choose, make sure you make a final decision on the text prior to taking your rings into get engraved.

  • Research local jewelry companies to find a reputable jeweler in your area that specializes in jewelry engraving. If you have any specific questions about the jeweler's experience and pricing, feel free to ask. You may also want to ask the jeweler if the ring will be insured in case it gets damaged while they are engraving the ring. This is especially important if you are trusting the jeweler with an uninsured ring you already own.

  • Meet with the jeweler you choose and discuss the lettering style you will want on the inside of your ring as well as any other engraving options the jeweler offers. If the rings are new you will also want to ask the jeweler to size your rings prior to engraving. You will want to make sure the ring fits perfectly prior to engraving the name on the inside. If you get the ring resized after engraving the ring, it can affect the look of the name.

  • Decide if you want hand engraving or machine engraving. Most jewelers will offer both services. Hand engraving penetrates the metal of the ring deeper. However, it is more expensive. Machine engraving, on the other hand, isn't as deep and it gives a cleaner, more precise looking font. If you choose machine engraving, you will need to pick a font you wish to use.

  • Write the name or names you want engraved down for the jeweler. It is very important that you write the names down for the jeweler and double-check the spelling to make sure everything is correct. When the engraving is done, make sure to check the names and spelling on the inside of the ring to make sure everything is to your liking prior to taking the rings home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask friends or family members that live near you for advice on jewelry engravers they've used before.
  • If possible, try to get the rings engraved at the place you buy your ring. Many times jewelers will offer a discount if you get engraving services when you buy the ring.

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